Robbins status may become clearer

Center Barret Robbins' status with the Oakland Raiders may clear up over the next few weeks.

 

The burning issue persists without a clear answer – but that could change sooner rather than later.

            Will center Barret Robbins be in an Oakland Raiders uniform in 2003? Robbins is currently rehabilitating from minor knee surgery.

Next week, however, Robbins may be cleared to join the team. The picture, which is still fuzzy at this point, might become clearer regarding his future with the team. It will be the first time he has lined up alongside guards Mo Collins and Frank Middleton, who were the most outspoken critics after Robbins' disappearance on the night before the Super Bowl.

Both individuals have suggested they are not sure how comfortable they would be playing with Robbins. The team has indicated they were giving Robbins plenty of latitude to recovering from his problems centered around depression stemming from bi-polar syndrome and that his football career was secondary in their minds.

The team could possibly release Robbins for cap relief purposes. That chance, however, appears only remote. Robbins is due to earn $3.2 million this year but Raiders head coach Bill Callahan has said Robbins remains in their plans. Oakland did not draft a center, as many expected, in preparation for the team possibly parting ways with him. Adam Treu, who started the Super Bowl in his place, would likely start if Robbins does not return.

Robbins was cleared a couple of months ago to work out at the team's facility in Alameda. The Raiders will have a three-day mini-camp June 12-14. That time will be the first opportunity to see how Robbins' teammates truly receive him.

 

Vince D'Adamo can be reached via e-mail at vdad7@yahoo.com


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